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Campaign Vertigo

The recent distressing Pew Research Report stating that 1 in every 100 Americans is currently imprisoned got me thinking about how weary I’ve suddenly become of these presidential campaigns.

I know Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in a tight race for delegates and each need to win big in these delegate-rich states. And that John McCain struggles to gain traction with conservative cultural leaders like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.  I’ve also become painfully aware that Ron Paul has become even more marginalized in terms of substantive coverage, while Mike Huckabee gets mad-props for his “SNL” appearance , suggesting perhaps that Congressman Paul’s message is too sobering to be taken lightly. 

But we’ve got bigger fish to fry in this country than swallowing story after story about whether Clinton's people leaked “the photo” that repulsed the opposition.


Tim from Los Angeles
March 03, 2008 at 08:52 PM
I find your reference to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as "conservative cultural leaders" amusing. The irony being being that a known drug addict (Limbaugh) and a known alcoholic (Beck) have somehow become the conscience of the republican party. What a depressing thing for a decorated warrior like John McCain to have to court the blessing of these two deadbeats.

Chuck from Escondido, CA
March 04, 2008 at 05:35 AM
I just figured the influence peddler from his days with the Keating 5 was able to find common ground with these gentlemen. Consider it a tale of personal redemption.

Alma from San Diego
March 04, 2008 at 06:00 AM
The intrigue and drama of courting one's party spokespeople grows wearisome. And except for the fact there are real people with real problems who need the government's cooperation, it would be more enjoyable to read about politicians spinning past failures into future glory.

Dave from Oceanside
March 04, 2008 at 10:35 PM

I can’t wait until the candidates are free to roll up their sleeves and dig in on addressing issues, like whether encouraging a booming prison population is good public policy.

Ha! .. candidates addressing issues... really?? I didn't know they did that. I'm afraid you're going to have a long wait if you want a candidate to actually dig into a real problem.. Lip service is what you'll get.. if they dig too deep they'll alienate voters.. and getting elected these days is about being someone that you can watch on the news without gagging and someone that you aren't embarrassed about.. two things we don't have right now.